According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the third leading cause of death in the United States is none other than medical negligence. It is just right behind cancer and heart disease. Believe it or not, at least $3 billion U.S. dollars are being spent in payouts. It is really alarming.

Medical negligence basically involves a medical error; hence the term. This could be anything from diagnosis to health management to treatment to medication dosage to aftercare. This is why a medical malpractice law is put in place to help patients recover compensation from any harm that could result from sub-standard treatment.

More importantly, there are things that you can do to avoid becoming a victim of this very unfortunate situation.

Determining a Medical Malpractice

A malpractice claim will only exist if and only if a provider’s negligence results in damages or injuries to a patient. However, just because you experience a bad outcome does not mean it is already subject to medical negligence. Likewise, healthcare providers are responsible for informing patients that the latter received a medical error from a previous provider.

It is worth noting, however, that the prosecution of medical malpractice cases can be stressful and time-consuming, let alone expensive. Statistics say that medical errors are responsible for the death of around 200,000 patients in the U.S. each year, but as far as personal injury lawsuits are concerned, only 15% are filed. Not just that, 80% of those lawsuits end with no payment whatsoever.

This brings us to the next topic.

Hiring a Medical Practice Attorney

Contacting a seasoned and professional malpractice attorney should always be your first step. This person is capable of conducting a thorough review of the case details, which could include anything from interviews with patients, friends, and family members to securing pertinent medical records. Doing so will allow the attorney to assess whether the case should be deemed is actionable.

Keep in mind that it can be quite difficult to either settle or negotiate the negligence in the courtroom, especially if there is no prior thorough investigation conducted into the issue. There is where an attorney can help. He knows and understands the type of information needed to be retrieved. Above all, he has concrete knowledge about how the case should proceed. Meaning, this legal professional knows where to start investigating your claim and how to get the information needed in order to acquire leverage. Otherwise, you will not be able to bolster the case. Experienced attorneys also understand when there is a need to hire experts who can prove what happened.

Preventing The Possibility

There is no doubt that being proactive about medical care is important. Hence, you must perform research in order to have more knowledge about your health condition. Also, you want to document this as well as the symptoms you see. It is even imperative that you ask health-care providers a written list of questions that they think are important, and you must insist to have complete answers.

It is also critical to never let yourself be intimidated by the medical system. Do not just speak up; be the advocate of your own well-being, too! If you start to sense that something is wrong, speak up and/or ask your healthcare provider. While trusting your doctor or nurse is given, it is also significant for you to listen to your body and make use of common sense. It is also advantageous to have a friend or family member accompany you when visiting healthcare providers.

At the end of the day, medical malpractice can be avoided. You just have to be vigilant. Even more so, you need to have a go-to lawyer in case this unfortunate event happens. It is better to have one than nothing.

We’re told time and time again that exercise is the key to a healthy lifestyle, particularly for those with selected medical conditions, including Type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise is fundamental to those with diabetes, to help sufferers maintain healthy blood glucose levels.

“Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, the insulin does not work effectively, or the cells of the body do not respond to insulin effectively,” explains Dr Tony Tanious from home doctor service, House Call Doctor.

“Exercise regulates insulin production, and that is why it’s exciting to see that less rigorous forms of training can help people with diabetes too.”

Examples of exercises that are proven to be effective for those with diabetes, include:

  • Weight training – with a focus on building muscle mass, weight training is important as it’s harder for people who lose muscle mass to maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Walking – there are many benefits to walking, particularly as it raises the heart rate.
  • Swimming – this aerobic exercise doesn’t put any pressure on joints or the feet as other exercises do.

New research suggests participating in yoga may also help those with diabetes, as it not only encourages sufferers to be more active, but it may also reduce reliance on medication.

The Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome supported this finding, after discovering that after just 10 days of participating in yoga, Type 2 diabetes sufferers experienced a 10 per cent reduction in blood glucose levels. Close to 1,300 participants who took part in the study recorded lowered blood glucose levels after a single yoga session.

With such quick results, the researchers behind the journal were eager to see the long-term impact of practising yoga and encouraged participants to continue daily yoga for at least three months.

Other reported benefits include:

Building muscle strength

Yoga is known to build muscle strength by encouraging gentle stretching and in some cases holding body weight.

“In many ways, yoga can be just as effective as weight lifting when it comes to building stronger muscles,” Dr Tanious said.

“Instead of lifting weights yoga focuses on using your own body weight to build strength.”

Movements including chaturanga pose, chair pose, boat pose and warrior pose are quite popular in building strength and muscle tone.

Increases blood flow

Common yoga positions like mountain pose, downward dog and shoulder stands are beneficial for increasing blood flow. This is typically achieved by the stretching, deep breathing and muscle relaxation involved with yoga.

“Poor circulation can cause fluid retention and swelling in lower extremities, lack of energy and shortness of breath,” Dr Tanious said.

“Therefore, increasing blood flow and assisting the circulatory system is highly important.”

Injury prevention

According to Dr Tanious, yoga requires a fluid movement of joints which helps carry fresh nutrients to cartilage and can assist with joint and cartilage health (as well as increasing blood flow).

Boosts the immune system

Along with a physical workout, yoga also helps to lower stress hormones, condition the lungs and flush the lymphatic system. This helps remove toxins from the body and oxygenate blood – boosting the immune system.

Mental health and mindfulness

Yoga is known to improve mental health, mindfulness and focus. It is suggested that regular yoga can help with reaction time, memory and coordination which can be beneficial for not only practising yoga but in all factors of everyday life.